Beer gets blame for violent crime rate

  1. Do you think that the information provided in this article justifies the claim in the headline and first paragraph? Why or why not?
  2. Is it possible that there could be any other factor (a lurking or hidden variable) which could be causing both drinking beer and violent crime? Discuss some possibilities.
  3. Explain the difference between two variables being correlated and one causing the other to vary. In this article correlation is used to infer causation. Is it reasonable? Why or why not?

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